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SCOTUS dissent is message to reverse Church/State law

The Supreme Court deciding not to hear a case is a regular occurrence. Getting SCOTUS to hear a case is exceedingly hard, and as Chief Justice, John Roberts has shrunk the Court docket to 1960s numbers. But what seems like a quiet little denial of certiorari yesterday is actually a not-so-cryptic message from the right […]

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Constitutional Law Wrongful Convictions

NYC Bill Limiting Qualified Immunity Is a Big Deal

New York City’s council has passed legislation that would effectively end qualified immunity for police officers in cases of excessive force and unreasonable searches, making it easier for people to sue individual officers. So-called “qualified immunity” policies shield on-duty officers from being held personally accountable in civil rights lawsuits if their conduct does not violate […]

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Constitutional Law

Dustin Higgs’ Execution Was Wrong and What Sotomayor Had to Say About it is Right.

The Supreme Court allowed the execution of  Dustin Higgs late Friday, making Higgs the thirteenth person to be killed by the federal government since July. Since July. And after seventeen years without a single federal execution. Higgs’ execution was a miscarriage of justice for a number of issues. First of all, he was suffering from covid-19 […]

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Constitutional Law

SCOTUS Dodges Issue of Removing Undocumented Immigrants from Census

The Supreme Court has dismissed as premature a challenge to President Trump’s plan to exclude people living in the country without legal documents from the Census’ population count, used to allot states seats in the House of Representatives. The six conservative judges on the Court said that until action is actually taken and people are […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Texas Indictment of Netflix Over “Cuties” Violates First Amendment, Denigrates Art

There is much wrong with a Texas County deciding to indict Netflix for its distribution of the French film Cuties. First about the movie – Netflix released “Cuties,” originally titled “Mignonnes,” last month to strong national reaction. The French-language film centers on 11-year-old Amy, a Senegalese immigrant, who becomes a member of a dance group dubbed the “Cuties.” […]

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Constitutional Law

Fed Judge Grants Qualified Immunity But Writes Powerful Decision Against It

Federal Judge Carlton Reeves, of the Southern District of Mississippi, ruled that the doctrine of qualified immunity meant that a white police officer could not be sued for racially profiling and then terrorizing an innocent black man on the side of the road. Judge Reeves ruled that the law required the dismissal of the case […]

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Constitutional Law

In Another 5-4 SCOTUS Decision, Religious Schools Can Now Get Gov’t Funding

This SCOTUS season is turning this into a full-time Supreme Court Blog which is not what it is supposed to be. But these past few decisions have been so important -not just for the decisions themselves, but as a window into this divided, politicized Court, that I wanted to write about them. In a huge […]

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Constitutional Law

In Yet Another 5-4 decision SCOTUS Strikes Down Louisiana’s Restrictive Abortion Law

Its been a heck of a SCOTUS term so far, with key rulings on Gay Rights; DACA and now abortion. This decision today in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, is a great relief to supporters of women’s reproductive rights. Since the language of this law was nearly identical to the Texas law struck down […]

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Constitutional Law

5-4 SCOTUS Upholds DACA: Admin Had No Right to Terminate Program

Another day, another big loss for the Trump Administration and I would argue another great win for American society. In a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the Court to form a majority, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) […]